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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COAD and COPD

04/07/2011

Question:

I underwent PFT which confirmed : MODERATE RESTRICTION MODERATE OBSTRUCTION INSIGNIFICANT REVERSIBILITY.

My query is two fold only for the purpose of understanding my problem better :

1. What does insignifcant reversibility signify ?

2.Is there any essential difference between COAD( coronary Obstructive airways disease and COPD

Answer:

"Insignificant reversibility" means that there is no significant short-term improvement in your lung function after receiving an inhaled bronchodilator.  However, this does not mean that chronic or regular use of an inhaler would not be helpful.
 
COAD is not a term used very often.  It could refer to "chronic obstructive airways disease" which would be another term for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). CAD is coronary artery disease, which refers to plaque build up in the arteries around your heart.  CAD and COPD are entirely different entities.

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Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University